by: TennisMood 22

Marin Cilic

“When you play well you have no nerves. You are calm. You know your abilities. You don’t need to get stressed. And we had so much fun with my team – stress could not come around and get in the way.”

Marin Cilic: Rules of Life(29 y.o.)
Marin Cilic

Personal Facts


  • Nicknamed “Chila” by his friends
  • Started playing at a young age of 7 with his cousin, Tanja.
  • First tennis steps were made in Bosnia and Herzegovina and when in 1991 the first tennis courts in the town were built, Marin with friends were amongst the first to play on them.
Marin Cilic overview
  • Moved to Zagreb at the recommendation of his local hometown coaches to further training.
  • At age 15, Goran Ivanišević befriended him to Bob Brett, and in 2004 Čilić moved to Italy, San Remo, to work with Ivanišević's former coach, Bob Brett.
  • At age 16 Čilić began playing on ITF in juniors.
  • Turned pro in 2005.
  • Supports AC Milan and Croatia FC, where Kaka and Robinho are his favorite players.
  • Likes all surfaces, but hard and grass are his favorite.
  • On 25 June 2016, he founded Marin Cilic Foundation with a dream to provide young people improved access to education.
  • Since childhood admired his countrymen Ivanisevic and Ljubicic. In late 2013Čilić’s dream came true and Goran Ivanišević became his new coach.
  • The 2014 US Open win has become his biggest success to date.
  • Has won 15 ATP singles titles in his career. In October 2014, he reached his career-high ranking as world number 8 in singles.
  • In 2016 defeated Andy Murray in his first ATP World Tour (Cincinnati) Masters 1000 final.

Marin Cilic's Family & Coaching

  • Father Zdenko and moter Koviljka are retired.
  • From 2013 to 2016 Čilić was working with Ivanišević as his full-time coach.
  • Older brothers Vinko and Goran, and younger brother, Mile (Marin), who is “the most inspirational person because of his good advice”. All of them play tennis as well.
  • Jonas Björkman, former Swedish pro tennis player, world ranked No.4 in singles & No.1 in doubles, joined Marin’s team as a new coach in 2016.
  • Slaven Hrvoj works as his fitness trainer.

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